Thalictrum dasycarpum Fisch. & Avé-Lall.
Family: Ranunculaceae
purple meadow-rue, tall meadow-rue
Thalictrum dasycarpum image
Stephen L. Solheim  
Etymology: Thalictrum: from thaliktron, a name used to describe a plant with divided leaves, and a name given to the genus by Dioscorides, the Greek physician and pharmacologist who wrote the Materia Medica, which remained the leading pharmacological text for 16 centuries
Plants: erect, perennial, 3'-5' tall forb
Leaves: Distinctly hairy beneath but not glandular, 3-5 times 3-parted, leaflets 1-2 1/2 times as long as wide, mostly 3-lobed, rarely with more teeth; stem leaves stalkless
Flowers: green to white, 4-5-parted, petal-like sepals falling early, fringe-like filaments remain; inflorescence a 10" large, pointed, conical, branched cluster; blooms June-July
Fruits: dry seed
Habitat: full to partial sun; moderate moisture to wet; meadows, streambanks; in sandy, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native